Raising Kids in Multiple Cultures


Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore has quite a bit of experience in moving abroad and multicultural education. Over the past 15 years, she has lived in seven countries on three continents. Born in Pakistan, she grew up in Bahrain and New York. She married an Italian-German husband and raised two multilingual children.

Through her experiences, she has become an expert and the author of several books on the education and the experience of children growing up “between several cultures,” including the latest one published this year, “The Messy Mobile Life.”

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore is the guest speaker at one of the talks at the sixth annual Bilingual Fair of New York on Saturday, November 23rd, where she will be interviewed by Sharon Schanzer, a parent at the Lycée français de New York. They will discuss the difficulties as well as the opportunities offered by multicultural and multilingual education.

The conference, which will be held in English (“Raising Happy Kids Between Cultures and Languages”), takes place at 1:30 p.m. (register here).

The complete schedule of the Bilingual Fair conferences:

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Bilingualism and multiculturalism in Public Schools

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Navigating Special Education in New York City and the Bilingual Child with Special Needs

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Trials and Tribulations of maintaining minority languages alive: the example of Sardinian, Catalan, Alsatian and Breton languages

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Raising happy kids between cultures and languagesMariam Ottimofiore Navaid

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Singing and speaking: reciprocal influences of music and language in early childhood development and learning

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